Thursday, January 26, 2012

Japanese Romanization Task Force Report

Dear CEAL colleagues,

On Sunday, January 22nd, the CTP/CJM Joint Task Force on the LC Proposal Regarding Japanese Romanization submitted a report to LC titled “CEAL Response to the Clarification of LCpractice concerning the use of diacritical marks in Japanese romanization,” based on the survey conducted early this month.

The Task Force is very grateful to those who responded to the survey. We received close to 60 responses in spite of the very short notice and the brief survey period. I would also like to thank some Japanese experts consulted by the Task Force. Based on the survey results, close examination of the proposed revision, and brief research on related topics by Task Force members (excellent jobs!), we have composed a seven page response (45 pages including appendixes). Click here to view the report (PDF file). We welcome further feedback.

Here is a summary:
  • The CEAL community thanks LC for clarifying the long-standing issue of alif and apostrophe usage in Japanese romanization.
  • CEAL members support the idea of adding a “Diacritic marks” section to the Japanese romanization guidelines, and suggested moving the section towards the beginning of the document
  • The TF also suggested adding a section on macron usage, with examples, to further clarify usage in more complex macron cases.
  • The TF requests that LC continue to review the guidelines, and to establish a timeline for further revisions of the Japanese Romanization Table beyond the alif/apostrophe issue. The TF identified 17 additional examples and one deleted section included on the LC website version of the table (, but not in the version attached to the original email to Eastlib on Dec. 14, 2011.
  • The TF welcomes both LC’s and OCLC’s intention to work together with the CEAL community to do necessary cleanup work resulting from this change.
  • The TF hopes that over time further improvements, bringing even more clarity to the ALA-LC Romanization Table for Japanese, will be made and that these improvements will be done in a collaborative and transparent way, with the participation of a range of stakeholders, including LC, OCLC and the CEAL community.

Please let Task Force members or me know if you have any questions or comments regarding our report. We intend to do follow-up work, including the review of any counter-response from LC, and further research on Japanese romanization, with the aim of improving the Japanese Romanization Table with broad input from the community. Please share your opinions, ideas, or insights on this issue. Also let us know if you notice any misunderstandings or inaccuracies in our report.

We are looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

- Keiko

For CEAL CTP/CJM Joint Task Force on LC Proposal to Japanese Romanization
Rob Britt
Yoko Kudo
Mieko Mazza
Hikaru Nakano
Keiko Suzuki, Chair

Shi Deng, ex officio (CTP Chair)
Setsuko Noguchi, ex officio (CJM Chair)

Ms. Keiko SUZUKI  鈴木啓子
Japanese Catalog Librarian, East Asia Library
Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University
P.O.Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240
Tel.: 203-432-2778 / Fax: 203-432-7231

Agendas: CCM; Forum on Digital Content

Dear Colleagues,

The Committee on Chinese Materials (CCM) cordially invites you to attend its 2012 annual meeting and the forum on digital content at CEAL in Toronto. Please visit CCM website for full agenda for these two events:

Brief information on time and location:

CCM Annual Meeting
10:50 am -12:20 pm, Thursday, March 15, 2012
Dominion Ballroom South, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Forum on Chinese Digital Content
4:40-6:10 pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Dominion Ballroom North, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

We look forward to seeing you at CCM annual meeting and the forum.
Committee on Chinese Materials:
Vickie Doll 傅玉波 (U of Kansas)
Tang Li 李唐 (Yale U)
Ming-sun Poon 潘銘燊 (LoC)
Zhijia Shen 沈志佳 (U of Washington)
Ping Situ 司徒萍 (U of Arizona)
Susan Xue 薛燕, Chair (UCB)
Haihui Zhang 張海惠 (U of Pittsburgh)

Susan Xue
Head, Information and Public Services
Electronic Resources Librarian
C.V. Starr East Asian Library
UC Berkeley

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Subcommittee on Korean Studies E-Resources

Dear All,

I am pleased to announce that the Committee on Korean Materials (CKM) has appointed a Subcommittee on Korean Studies E-Resources.  

As many of you are well aware, Task Force on Korean E-Resources has played a great role in negotiating a group price deal for fast growing Korean E-Resources on behalf of participating institutions in North America. The CKM feels strongly that a subcommittee should be formally established with clear guidelines and charges to continue to carry out the TF’s tasks. Here’re details on the Subcommittee;

1.      Name: Subcommittee on Korean Studies E-Resources

2.      Members:
Mikyung Kang (, Harvard University
Miree Ku (, Duke University - Chair
Sun-Yoon Lee (, USC
Hee-Sook Shin (, Columbia University

3.      Term of service: February 2012 – March 2014 (2 years)

I’d like to express my gratitude to the Subcommittee members who are willing to volunteer their time and efforts. Please contact the Subcommittee members if you have any questions on Korean E-Resources. Thank you.



Yunah Sung (성윤아)
Korean Studies Librarian / Coordinator, Technical Services
Asia Library, University of Michigan
414 Hatcher Graduate Library North
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190

Tel : 734-936-2408
Korean Collection:

Small Collections Roundtable 2012: Topics?

The Google poll.
 **Call for discussion topics for the Small East Asian Collections Roundtable at CEAL 2012**
Happy New Year of the Dragon! It's about time to meet and chat again! The Small Collections Roundtable is scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 9:30-11:00 P.M, in the Peel Room at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (click to view the CEAL 2012 schedule).

As usual, we would like to invite interesting topics for discussion at CEAL 2012. Based on the topics received, we will do a Google poll to pick a few for the roundtable discussion this year. We'd love to hear from you!
Please click here to fill out the online Google poll.

Please visit the Small Ea Collections group page (click here to view). If you are interested in joining the group, please send request to Xi Chen ( or Julie Wang (

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012 CEAL Fellowship Dinner Information

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I am pleased to announce that 2012 CEAL Fellowship Dinner will be held at Mandarin restaurant in uptown Toronto on Wednesday, March 14, 7:00-9:00 pm, 2012. Mandarin is located at 2200 Yonge Street (phone number: 416-486-2222), about six subway stops away from Sheraton Hotel downtown. The restaurant is right above the Eglinton subway station for your convenience. It may take 20-30 minutes by taxi depending on traffic.  
Buffet will be served at the restaurant, with a variety of food selection, including many vegetarian choices. The cost of the dinner is $33 per person (either Canadian or US dollar). There are bigger and small tables in the area we reserved for the event to give us certain flexibilities.
All the CEAL members are more than welcome to join the gathering.  Please complete the reservation form (as attached) and  mail it with your check or credit card information to Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (The deadline for reservation is February 20, 2012): 
Lily Yip
The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
University of Toronto
130 St George Street, 8th Floor
Toronto, ON, M5S 1A5, Canada

If your check amount covers more than one participant, please ensure the amount and also include their names in English on the form.  If you decide to cancel your reservation, please inform us no later than February 20 for a full refund.  All the receipts will be sent electronically (cash payers can get their print receipts on March 14).  Please do not send cash with the form.  Participants paying by credit cards shall send their forms by mail due to security concern.
We also prepared a direction guide (another attachment) to help you find the venue.  If you have any further questions regarding the CEAL dinner, please email Lucy Gan at
We look forward to seeing you all in our fellowship dinner.
Stephen Qiao
Stephen Qiao
Acting Director
China Studies Librarian
The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
University of Toronto Libraries
130 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A5

Friday, January 13, 2012

CEAL Logo Committee Request for Proposals

As you recall, the CEAL Logo Committee is charged with soliciting proposals for a new design for the CEAL logo. The Committee has decided to distribute a "Request for Proposals" (RFP) to solicit designs. The RFP is now being sent to several university art and design departments. Anyone can submit a design based on the specifications in the RFP. Please feel free to download and forward the RFP pdf file to anyone who might be interested.
Click to view "Request for Proposals (RFP) for a New CEAL Logo Design"

--The CEAL Logo Design Committee--
Rob Britt (Chair)
Susan Xue
Setsuko Noguchi
Yunah Sung
Gail King
Peter Zhou (Ex-Officio)
Joy Kim (Ex-Officio)

CRL China Resource List Available

A Center for Research Libraries (CRL) / Global Resources Network (GRN) publication (Focus on Global Resources, Summer 2009) lists CRL China-related publications (click to view PDF).

Susan Xue
C. V. Starr East Asian Library
University of California Berkeley

CALIS/OCLC Cooperation Info at CCM Meeting

There will be a chance to know more about CALIS/OCLC cooperation and records
in Worldcat at the CCM annual program in Toronto thisMarch. The Committee
on Chinese Materials has invited a CALIS representative to give a talk which
will provide more information on this issue.

The committee is still in the process of finalizing the annual program, and
will share it with the list soon.


Susan Xue
Chair, the Committee on Chinese Materials

LCSH Subject Cataloging Webinar

Thanks again to Mr. Morimoto for providing the training and rich contents in his presentation files. The recorded webinar is now available via Blackboard Collaborates at:

You are welcome to view it. The recorded session will be posted on CEAL CTP web site ( a later date.
For these who participated or will view the recorded session, please provide feedback by filling out the short follow-up survey at:

Thanks to these who have filled out the survey, and given us your candid feedback about needed improvements as well as suggestions for future webinar topics. The CEAL Committee on Technical Process members will review the survey result and hope we are able to provide more webinars on topics suggested.


Shi Deng
Head, Chinese Japanese Korean Acquisitions/Cataloging Unit
Metadata Services Department, UCSD Libraries
9500 Gilman Drive, 0175K
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
Tel: (858) 822-2104
Fax: (858) 822-0349

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Japanese Romanization: Survey

Dear all

This is just a friendly reminder of the survey on “Clarification of LC practice concerning the use of diacritical marks in Japanese romanization.”

If you have already participated in the survey, thank you very much! Please disregard this message. However, if you haven’t done it yet, please take a moment to go and participate in:

The deadline of the survey is this coming Monday, Jan. 16th, which is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and might be a day off to some of you. So please consider completing it today or tomorrow.

Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.


For CJM/CTP Joint Task Force on LC Proposal to Japanese Romanization
Rob Britt
Shi Deng, ex officio (CTP Chair)
Yoko Kudo
Mieko Mazza
Hikaru Nakano
Setsuko Noguchi, ex officio (CJM Chair)
Keiko Suzuki, TF Chair